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The Historic Landmarks Commission is required and established in accordance with the Municipal Code (Part 13 and Part 26).The seven members are residents of the City of San Jose (unless specifically authorized otherwise) with a range of expertise related to historic preservation, appointed by the City Council. The Historic Landmarks Commission has the responsibility of forwarding comments and recommendations to the Director of Planning and City Council on:
  • City Landmark, City Landmark Historic District, and Conservation Area Nominations;
  • Mills Act Historic Property Contracts;
  • Historic Preservation Permits for work performed on a City Landmark or within a City Landmark Historic District; and,
  • Preservation, exhibition, and protection of the History San Jose Historical Museum.

The Historic Landmarks Commission also:
  • Maintains the Historic Resources Inventory, utilizing the Inventory as a tool in recommendations and Inventory listings as appropriate, by:
    • Providing comments on land use/development proposals with the potential to impact cultural resources; and,
    • Where appropriate, adding properties identified through those proposals to the Historic Resources Inventory.


The City Council is the final decision-making body on City Landmark designations, City Landmark Historic District designations, Conservation Area listings, and Mills Act Historical Property Contracts. The Director of Planning is the final decision-making body on Historic Preservation Permits. The City Council serves as the appellate body for Historic Preservation Permit decisions. The City Council has authorized the Historic Landmarks Commission to list properties on the Inventory without requiring Council approval. The Director of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement serves as the Secretary to the Historic Landmarks Commission.

  • Edward Saum, Chair
  • Paul Boehm, Vice Chair
  • Harriett Arnold
  • Eric Hirst
  • Stephen Polcyn
  • Anthony Raynsford
  • Rachel Royer

    If you are interested in becoming a Commissioner and would like more information about the application process, please contact the City Clerk.

    To contact the Commission, please contact Historic Preservation Officer, Juliet Arroyo, at (408) 535-7847.

    Meeting Materials
    Agendas are available prior to these public hearings.  To request an accommodation or an alternative format for printed materials, please call Support Staff at (408) 535-3505 or (408) 294-9337 (TTY) as soon as possible, but at least three business days before any hearing. To be placed on a list to receive email notification when a meeting agenda is posted please email Commission support staff. Also, you may wish to contact the Planning Division at (408) 535-3555 the week of a public hearing to verify that an item will be heard and is not scheduled for deferral to a later date. 

    View the Agendas and Synopses

    Audio Recordings

    Audio recordings of Historic Landmarks Commission hearings are sorted by date and available on our Planning Meetings page.

    View Audio Recordings